We will continue to be there for our community, laying sandbags, providing reassurance and comfort for people. We will put our resources where they will provide most value for people. While there is no statutory duty, of course fire and rescue services will always use their general powers and resources to help prevent and mitigate flood risk. In normal conditions, we have a simple approach – ask for help and we respond. In the first instance we may call fire officers to make an assessment of what resources might help the situation."
There is a different level of response and visibility from 10 years ago – but a better impact and outcome. This is about us helping the community to protect community assets and local amenities and is one of 35 active community plans across the county to do similar work. Our approach is two pronged – pre-planning and engaging with local communities in this way and responding to emergency situations."